Category: Postage

Does the Paragon VAT tribunal change the rules for direct mail?

A recent First Tier Tribunal case which HMRC lost has created a lot of chatter in the industry. The tendency in these situations is for commentators to cherry-pick the snippets that make for a great headline. As is always the

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Agency Agreements – suppliers beware!

In 2015 HMRC provided guidance for businesses who had incorrectly accounted for VAT on supplies of printed matter and postage. These terms were published by HMRC in Revenue and Customs Brief 10 2015. VAT Notice 700/24: postage, delivery charges and

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Doctor, I have a VAT problem

HMRC finally published new guidance for the direct marketing industry in the updated versions of Notices 700/24 and 701/10 on 9th June. Following on from this, industry representatives such as the Direct Marketing Association and Charity Tax Group have provided

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Sort of…but not quite

So we now have what we’ve all been waiting for. The definitive guide to VAT on direct mail. Or have we… HMRC’s most recent correspondence (Open PDF) is a useful statement of policy, extracted after over two years of pressing

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Can I have that in writing?

In a previous blog we set out the facts surrounding HMRC’s policy statements in ongoing discussions with the Direct Marketing Association (DMA). Since then, representatives from both the DMA and Charity Tax Group have met with HMRC to seek further

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Postage update: access agreements

Last month the High Court made a decision in a claim brought by Whistl UK (formerly TNT Post) against HMRC in respect of the scope of VAT exemption provided to Royal Mail. The background to all this reaches back to

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